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Methane soil gas investigation at the Iconic Wilshire Christian Church in Los Angeles

January 31, 2013

Terra-Petra recently completed a methane soil gas investigation at the Iconic Wilshire Christian Church in Los Angeles. The Church is designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 209, and originates from the late 1920s, but the roots of the church itself stretch back 135 years.

Terra-PetrraLos Angeles-20130128-00128The church is undergoing a completed tenant improvement with the goal of the project being to provide income to the Church, as well as significant additional parking enabling the Church to expand its mission and services to the community it serves.

The construction manager for the project, Visioneering Studios, Inc. contacted Terra-Petra for consultation in immediately responding to the City’s request to discuss methane code matters being that the property is in a Methane Buffer Zone.  The project is on a very tight construction schedule and can’t afford any significant delays. We were able to quickly analyze the data that was provided to us and to establish a cost-effective and expeditious response to the City’s concerns. Being that Terra-Petra is a Certified by the Department of Building and Safety as a Testing Agency for Methane Soil Gas Investigations (License # 10224), we were able to mobilized to the site within a week and perform a methane soil gas investigation throughout the property. Based on the field test data that we collected, we were able to show  that there were non-detectable levels of methane gas in the soil and determined that the church as being intrinsically safe from methane gas matters. A report was quickly prepared and provided to the owner which addressed all methane code compliance matters with the city.

We are grateful for the opportunity to work on such a prestigious project.

Setting methane monitoring probes using a limited access GeoProbe Rig

Setting methane monitoring probes using a limited access GeoProbe Rig

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